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Nice way to help others donate to Krishna!!
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Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. If you would like to get into our store during off hours, please call the Temple office. 386-462-2017. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
- NEW STOCK OF LADIES SUMMER CLOTHINGf
- BEAUTIFUL AFFORDABLE MURTIS
- GOVINDA'S GARDENS LINE OF HEALING HERBAL OILS
- CHILDREN'S CLOTHING
- SILVER AND TULASI MALA
BEDSPREADS, MAHAMANTRA SCARVES...AND MUCH MORE
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for July and August, 2019. This is a wonderful and auspicious way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, births, and departed loved ones, and get the blessings of Krishna and His devotees. Please call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017
if you are interested or click this link.
- July 7, 2019, - Umesh Patel in honor of his son's wedding
- July 14, 2019, - Asish
- July 21, 2019, - Anonymous
- July 28, 2019, - Sandhya Patel in memory of her parents
- August 4, 2019, - Sweet rice - Jahnava devi dasi and Nila Khurana for Ishan's 1st birthday
Guest Accomodations at Temple
Now you can spend a weekend or longer experiencing the peaceful spiritual life of our Hare Krishna farm community. We currently have one guest house with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. The guest house has WIFI. The charge for the guest house is $125 per night. Individual rooms may also be rented, depending on the number in your party. The master bedroom with attached bath is $65/night,
the single room is $45/night and the bunk room is $49/night.
These two rooms use a shared bath in the hallway. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Temple at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm, which are available to you if you are here at those times.
Please note that check-in is between 3-8 pm and check/-out is by 11 am. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or
E-mail: email@example.com to check availability.
The morning sweets from our Deities can now be sponsored for a donation of $51.00. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or an event. Please contact the Temple office at 386-462-2017, or see Saksi Gopal das for more information. You can also sponsor online by clicking this link.
Since 2004 I've been recording Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas books, and thus have a healthy collection.
With recent developments in Podcasting I'm now able to share these readings with devotees FREE - to anywhere in the world - at any time - on any internet device.
The best way to listen? https://anchor.fm/dhruva-maharaja-dasa From there you can either listen or choose your favorite platform or app.
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TUESDAY EVENING CLASS Interactive discussion every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room. Topic will be the
systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's Chaitanya Charitamrita, focusing on his key points from each purports in each chapter.
Please come and hear the class live in the temple room, or online at www.alachuatemple.com. Facilitator: Prana Govinda das. If you cannot attend, text your questions/thoughts/comments throughout class to 352 222 9696 .
FRIDAY NIGHT BHAJANS every Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room.
In case of a mental health
emergency, follow this protocol. Also, click here for mental health resources in the Gainesville area.
THANK YOU to Abhyananda das, who generously donated a much needed bhoga van to the Temple for our Bhoga Run.
He knew we had a need, and was happy to make it happen. Now, Janamejaya das is happy shopping, and when the shopper is happy,
the cooks are too. Thank you Abhayananda prabhu for helping us out!
Learn about our Cow Protection Program at our Face Book Page or our Web Site.
Learn about our Retired Cow Program at Save the Cow website. Remember, you can't have cow protection without a retired cow program. That's what it's all about!
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| TODAY! Kishori Yatra Girls Performance
At 7:00 PM Tonight, Tuesday, in the Temple Room
After completing a 3 1/2 week bus tour of the Eastern U.S. and parts of Canada visiting temples and joining Ratha-yatras, the Kishori Yatra girls will end their tour by performing a play and singing for our Alachua community--the same performance they have presented at temples throughout their tour. Please join these talented young Vaisnavis tonight in the Temple room after Sundara Arati at 7:00 PM.
Jaya Sri Radhe devi dasi reporting
Chandan Yatra Celebration
THIS Sunday, July 21, 2019
We will celebrate CHANDAN YATRA THIS Sunday, July 21, 2019, this year. This is the hottest time of year here in Florida, and the offering of sandalwood paste is cooling and refreshing. This ancient festival is carried on all over India and at all of our ISKCON temples too. It's a joyful occasion for all to see the Lord enjoying being covered in colored sandalwood paste decorated
with outfits made entirely of flowers
We need a lot of sandalwood paste if we hope to cover Sri Sri Radhe Shyam,
Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Please stop by the pujari room and pick up a block of sandalwood and a grinding stone.
You can work during classes or at home even.
Seva Opportunities: Many devotees go away for the summer and there are always openings in the services so please think about connecting with Nitai Priya devi dasi or Mukhya devi dasi to tag in for an hour or two here and there. Your temple needs you!
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Mt. Rushmore Book Distribution
Prithusrava das and Danakeli devi dasi
Thanks to our First Amendment Rights, clever devotees Danakeli devi dasi and Prithusrava das booked a spot for a book table at one of America's biggest tourist attractions Mt. Rushmore. Here's their story:
14-DAY BOOK DISTRIBUTION MARATHON AT MT. RUSHMORE.
With the completion of our first two-week permit for a book table at Mt. Rushmore, we’re happy to report that the results are already better than we were expecting. 3,434 pieces of literature were distributed in 14 days:
996 copies of Beyond Birth & Death,
880 copies of Chant & Be Happy,
800 copies of On Chanting Hare Krishna,
204 copies of Bhagavad-gītā As It Is,
554 copies of other titles.
Many nice people took Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books home, but we were too busy to take photos or to document the stories. Some examples, however, are:
• a young woman who had never heard of Krishna before but kept having dreams of Him. A psychic told her it was Lord Krishna. When she saw the BG on our table, she said, “That’s Lord Krishna! I’ll take that book!”
• a girl fresh out of high school who said that when people say “Merry Christmas,” she replies “Hare Krishna,” though she doesn’t know how she got into that habit
• an older lady who lost her husband years ago to cancer, then her son in an auto accident, & later her daughter to a disease. She was searching for answers & took a stack of books home.
• a 13-year-old girl, who upon seeing the title Journey of Self-Discovery, said, “I want to learn how this works!”
• a young man just out of high school & traveling to search for truth. He took several books.
• a woman who was supposed to be in TN to attend a meditation seminar but who whimsically decided to visit Mt. Rushmore instead. She took a stack of books.
• two Buddhist monks from Thailand who received Chant & Be Happy
• a local jail inmate on a weekend furlough who took two books
• a spiritually awake, vegetarian couple who retired early in order to travel full time in an RV for the sake of spiritual seeking. They took several books.
• a college-aged girl from Chicago who was traveling by herself in search for a higher purpose & who understood she didn’t bump into our table by chance
We were unable to get another permit for the rest of July since several other groups also applied to use the First Amendment Rights areas. But we did secure a two-week permit for Aug. 1. So we’ll take a break, restock titles which we ran out of, & return to Mt. Rushmore soon.
All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda!
Danakeli devi dasi reporting
New Temple Safety Committee
Formed at New Raman Reti
The New Raman Reti Management Board recently approved a new Anti-Harassment Policy for the Temple. This new version updates and expands the policy, and gives focus to procedures for dealing with any instance of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment has no place in a community of devotees and the Temple Board and Management wish to ensure that it will not be tolerated.
There are two aspects to dealing with the issue: Education and Enforcement. To these ends the Board has authorized the formation of a Temple Safety Committee which will deal with any complaints of harassment as well as develop educational programs and resources. In March, we began educational efforts with a seminar on sexual harassment attended by over 60 devotees, including all temple residents. The Temple Safety Committee will further education on this topic through developing brochures, classes, and other information and resource lists.
One of the main purposes of the Temple Safety Committee will be to hear, investigate, and give recommendations to the Board regarding any complaint of sexual or other harassment committed on temple property, temple projects and events, or by temple employees.
Anyone who feels they are a victim of sexual harassment connected with the New Raman Reti temple may contact any member of the Temple Safety Committee.
The Committee brings a great deal of both professional and devotional experience. We are fortunate to have as Committee chair Sevapriya dasi, who moved to Gainesville in the last year. She is an Associate Dean of Students at University of Florida, an attorney, and has many years of experience dealing with compliance issue such as sexual harassment in major University positions.
The members and contacts for the Temple Safety Committee are:
1. Seva Priya devi dasi (JD) – Chair firstname.lastname@example.org. Radhikesa das (MD) email@example.com. Dhira devi dasi (MSW, Ph.D.) firstname.lastname@example.org. Rucira devi dasi email@example.com 5. Tamohara das (Ed.D) - advisor
Tamohara das reporting
For Temple Restrooms
New Electric Hand Dryers for the Temple Restrooms Although we originally went with paper towels having heard some news articles finding them a better choice than the electric dryers, unfortunately some people do not understand how to properly use hand towels. There were so many stuffed down the toilets that our septic tank had a six inch layer of towels covering the top, as well as our plumbing lines having such a big wad of them that the toilets were backing up. Paper towels do not biodegrade fast enough to allow for proper waste disposal. It cost the temple hundreds of dollars to clear the tank and the lines. Then we had to put in electric dryers at a cost of over a thousand dollars.
If electric dryers isn't your cup of tea, just shake 'em dry.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Committee Members Needed
We have had quite a few devotees experience the passing of loved ones – parent, spouse, sibling, or child. In spite of knowing that we are not these bodies and that the soul is eternal, it is still an emotional struggle to cope with the loss. It is also a logistical challenge to make funeral arrangements, deal with insurance, disperse the loved one’s properties, and so much more.
Hare Krishna Social Services in conjunction with the three CDI committees (Crisis, Elderly, & Medical) would like to create a committee of 6-8 men and women to be trained to help devotees before, during, and after the death of a loved one. This would include both spiritual and materials actions. We want to help the person leaving his or her body in the most auspicious way. We also want to assist with activities like getting death certificates, dealing with inheritances, and cleaning out the loved ones home. These activities typically fall upon the shoulders of an emotionally overwhelmed family member.
We have collected a lot of information about these logistics from various sources and have several experts within our community to give guidance about the religious rituals to be performed. Once the committee members are identified, we will arrange the trainings. If you have a heart for this sort of service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hare Krishna Social Services at 352 727 8211.
Radha Selvester reporting
Evenings in the Temple Room
WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO READ KRISHNA BOOK ALOUD IN THE TEMPLE ROOM IN THE EVENINGS?
We would like to be able to have this available for all of our listening audience. And our evening pujaris on the altar.
One night, two, three...you tell us. From 7:00-8:00 or as you like...
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Summer Help Wanted:
**Tulasi devi care
**Eco Farm gardens
Call the Temple office for more information 386-462-2017 or email us at email@example.com
Mukhya devi dasi reporting